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Bill Withers: Still Bill

Bill Withers: Still Bill

Mobile Fidelity  UDSACD 2268

Stereo Hybrid

Pop/Rock


Bill Withers


MASTERED ON MOBILE FIDELITY'S RENOWNED MASTERING SYSTEM: SACD PLAYS WITH AUDIOPHILE RICHNESS AND TRANSPARENCY

More than 50 years after its original release, Bill Withers' Still Bill remains true to its title – and stands as the greatest male-fronted soul album not made by a singer named Marvin, Al, Sam, James, or Ray. Though the saying "keeping it real" did not exist in popular parlance when Withers released his sophomore effort on Sussex Records, no words better capture the music's approach, mindset, and value. Every facet of Still Bill radiates honesty, truth, and emotion. These characteristics – along with Withers' strong singing, hybrid arrangements, and deceptively simple songwriting – have allowed the album to endure to the point where it sounds as fresh today as in 1972.

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Comment by Downunderman - July 23, 2023 (1 of 1)

Not an OMR and the MoFi website advises that for the vinyl they used a “1/4” / 15 IPS analog copy to DSD 256” as their source. I’m presuming they would have used the same source for the SACD.

Given the source this sounds very good. Overall it leans a little on the thin side and is slightly bright sounding but Shawn R. Britton has done a very good job with the mastering.

Sounds well balanced and quite spacious with good levels of clarity and detail. Here’s hoping the debut is also on MoFi’s to do list.